Equifax Breach- What you need to know

Equifax Credit Bureau has announced a data breach impacting about 143 million U.S. consumers.  Some of the information accessed includes name, Social Security number, birth date, address and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. In addition, credit card numbers for about 209,000 consumers were accessed.

All Consumers Should Consider:

Other Tips to prevent Identity Theft

  • Watch for Phishing emails or phone calls- especially if they say they are from Equifax.  Phishing for information the fraudsters will call pretending to be someone they are not trying to get information from you.  The best advice, if you didn’t initiation the conversation, don’t give out any information.
  • Monitor your statements to make sure all transactions are legitimate.
  • Change your passwords and security questions frequently.  Make your passwords strong.  Do not write them down.